Obama briefed on Baton Rouge police shootings

President Barack Obama heads to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Obama is traveling to Dallas to speak at an interfaith memorial service for the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has asked to be updated throughout the day as more details become available.

The White House has been in contact with local officials in Baton Rouge and offered any assistance necessary.

Obama spent most of last week focused on trying to reduce tensions and helping build trust between police and the communities they serve.

Obama attended a memorial service for five Dallas police officers last week and also led a nearly four-hour meeting featuring dozens of leaders from police organizations, community activists and elected officials.

He also spoke by telephone to the families of two black men shot in separate incidents in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

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